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As part of our Food for Thought section, we will begin profiling a nutritional supplement every month.
Research indicates that some vitamins, herbs and supplements may be beneficial to diabetes control. Always check with your diabetes care team before adding one to your regimen, as some may be unsafe for you or could interact with your other medications.
What follows is a summary of research explaining the benefits of some nutritional supplements, as well as their recommended daily dosages.
Some of the dosage recommendations included in this article were provided by Keith Campbell, RPh, CDE, professor of pharmacy at Washington State University; James F. Balch, MD, co-author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements” (Avery Books, 2000); Steven Bratman, MD, the medical authority for AlternativeDiabetes.com; David Edelberg, MD, the medical authority for WholeHealthMD.com; Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc.; Nutrition 21 (the maker of Diachrome); Herbal Information Center; International Diabetes Center; “Herbs and Supplements in Diabetes” (IDC Publishing, 2003)
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